Knight News Challenge 2013
Our coverage of the rounds of the 2013 Knight News Challenge, in which journalism innovators seek funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The common thread through several of the eight winners: turning underpowered phones into information engines.
Money from the Knight News Challenge will be used to grow Wikipedia Zero, a project that makes the site more accessible on feature phones.
There might not by Internet access out in the fields, but WeFarm hopes that SMS and a human network built on translation and information sharing can let farmers get more out of their land.
The Knight News Challenge winner will experiment with using cheap tools and existing networks to produce radio programming through mobile devices.
The InformaCam app, which uses metadata to help authenticate videos and photos, is being developed with funding from the Knight News Challenge.
Activists, journalists, and others could use the mobile tool kit to share information on SIM cards the way files are shared on thumb drives.
But the bigger news is that the News Challenge “may be finished” as Knight looks for better ways to identify fundable innovation ideas in journalism, media, and communities.